Bolero Berlin (photo: Alessandro Cappone)

Chamber Music

10 years of Bolero Berlin

The Philharmoniker ensemble Bolero Berlin is celebrating its tenth anniversary – with an opera programme: memorable tunes from stage works by Richard Wagner und Giuseppe Verdi, meet evergreens by Duke Ellington and Astor Piazzolla. All arrangements are in tune with the warm, dark tone and captivating Latin American sound that characterises Bolero Berlin and which the musicians have perfected in their decade-long collaboration.

Bolero Berlin:

Martin Stegner viola

Manfred Preis saxophone

Helmut Nieberle guitar

Raphael Haeger piano

Esko Laine double bass

Daniel "Topo" Gioia percussion

10 Years of Bolero Berlin

Arrangements of Works by Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Maurice Ravel, Astor Piazzolla, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington and other composers

Besamé mucho, O du mein holder Abendstern, La donna è nobile, Fuga y Misterio, Windmills of your Mind and other compositions

Dates and Tickets

Mon, 03 Dec 2018, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie Q


Since 2008, the Ensemble Bolero Berlin has been enriching the musical landscape with fascinating sounds of a unique character. The ensemble’s interpretations of an exquisite, popular repertoire that fits in no stylistic pigeonhole are dark, mysterious, seductive and filled with intense ardour. The group makes music in a line-up that is unique in the world, combining chamber music precision in their playing together with a joy in music-making that is oriented towards jazz.

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Ensemble Bolero Berlin is presenting a programme with opera: catchy tunes from dramatic works by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, encounter songs composed by Duke Ellington and Astor Piazzolla – in their own instrumental arrangements that provide space for both the ensemble members’ high-energy and virtuoso passion for playing and for individual soloists’ unrepeatable improvisation, inspired simply by the moment of interaction.

The supposedly familiar thus appears in a new musical light, inviting us to embark on an exciting journey through time around the globe. When the guitar clothes the “Lied an den Abendstern” [Ode to the evening star] from Wagner’s Tannhäuser in a nocturnal bolero while the saxophone sings softly, mysteriously shimmering worlds of sound open up beyond the traditional boundaries between classical and popular music.

Bolero Berlin (photo: Alessandro Cappone)